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At The Cup

But with problematic Internet connection (no Internet or power in the press tent). But Clark Lindsey is all over it. Just keep scrolling. The key story is that Armadillo made an attempt at Level 1 at 9 AM but scrubbed until this afternoon due to an ignition problem.

Orbital Outfitters had a press conference at 10 AM at which they premiered their suborbital space suit. It was modeled by its designer, and is aimed initially at the pilot market. A passenger version will be coming along later.

[Update about 1 PM MDT]

In answer to Louise's questions, it was a working prototype, and the suit was pressurized (not sure to what psi), but there was no comm system. The visor did seem to open pretty easily. I think that there may have been some pockets, but they could be easily added. One of the claimed features is the ability to customize and colorize.

Posted by Rand Simberg at October 27, 2007 10:42 AM
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It is good that OO has finally shown some hardware.

Is this a working suit or a mockup?

Has it been tested?

Is that an air line leading into his right leg?

There are no pockets or attachment points for pilot survival gear?

Did the model have comm gear to communicate with the audience?

Posted by Louise at October 27, 2007 12:07 PM

Now that is one sharp spacesuit.

Posted by T.L. James at October 27, 2007 03:23 PM

It looks like they have an unyielding vest with a counterpressure bladder in the front, to allow you to breath positive pressure O2. Hardly a spacesuit.

Posted by Dsinope at October 27, 2007 04:06 PM

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